Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made history in her death on Friday by becoming the first woman to lie in state in the US Capitol. She is also the first person of Jewish faith to receive the honor. Justice Ginsburg is considered as an American legal and cultural icon cutting across political and ideological barriers. She died last week at 87 after battling pancreatic cancer.
Two former officials in charge of a Massachusetts veterans care home where at least 76 people died of COVID-19 have been charged. Bennett Walsh, 50, and David Clinton, 71, were each charged with five counts of criminal neglect and five counts of serious bodily injury. Walsh has blamed state officials for initially refusing to send the National Guard to help.
Breonna Taylor’s mother says the grand jury decision announced this week in the case of her daughter’s death shows why she has ’no faith in the legal system, in the police and the laws that are not made to protect us Black and Brown people.’ Tamika Palmer made the remark in a statement read on her behalf by Taylor’s aunt, Bianca Austin, in Louisville on Friday alongside family and attorneys.
In an effort to make some extra money because his monthly bills cost more than what his social security covered, 89-year-old deliveryman for Papa John’s Pizza Derlin Newey took up a 30-hours-a-week gig. One of his customers began recording Newey’s deliveries to his family’s front door and sharing them on TikTok. The video went viral and the community raised $12,000 in tip money for Newey.
Florida Gov. DeSantis lifted all restrictions on businesses statewide, pushing the state, into its ’phase three’ of reopening. Florida has more than 695,000 COVID-19 cases and a 13.38% testing positivity rate. DeSantis announced an executive order allowing all restaurants and bars to operate at 100% capacity. He also ordered a ban on fining people who do not social distance or wear face masks.
Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam confirmed on Friday that he and the state’s first lady have tested positive for COVID-19. Northam said he is asymptomatic and that his wife Pam’s symptoms are mild. They are going to isolate at home for 10 days and then reevaluate their symptoms. The Governor is in touch with the cabinet and staff, and will work from the Executive Mansion.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer picked a unique way of paying homage to her as he dropped down and did pushups next to the casket. Bryant Johnson trained Ginsburg for 21 years. Ginsburg was known to meet with Johnson for hour-long sessions. She first began working with him in 1999, and has called him ’the most important person’ in her life.
A federal court has ordered the Trump administration to abandon last-minute changes to the census schedule and extend the time for counting for an additional month. The injunction issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in the Northern District of CA requires the Census Bureau to keep trying to tally the country’s residents through Oct. 31. The Justice Department is expected to appeal.
President Trump and Joe Biden will be waging their war of words in person when they take the debate stage in Cleveland on Tuesday for the first of three debates before Election Day. The two candidates have plenty to discuss. The coronavirus is still a menace nearly seven months into the pandemic, while the deaths of Black people at the hands of police have stirred long-present social unrest.
Protests in Portland devolved into riots as demonstrators started fires and threw fireworks, and even Molotov cocktails, at cops. This comes in the aftermath of a grand jury’s decision to indict one of three officers on charges linked to the shooting that killed Breonna Taylor. Police declared the demonstration an unlawful assembly. At least one officer was struck by the Molotov cocktail.
The suspect in the shooting of two Louisville police officers has been identified as 26-year-old Larynzo Johnson. Johnson was arrested Wednesday and faces multiple charges of first-degree assault of a police officer and first-degree wanton endangerment. Johnson’s record shows no prior arrests for violent crimes or felony convictions.
Anti-racism protests was mostly peaceful in Louisville, KY, on Thursday, the day after a grand jury decided not to bring homicide charges against police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. As a curfew went into effect and police declared an unlawful assembly, 200 to 300 protesters who had marched through the city for hours moved to the grounds of the First Unitarian Church.
After spending 22 years in prison serving a sentence for a robbery case from his adolescence, Kao Saelee, upon his release on Aug. 6 was placed into US ICE custody and flown to a jail in Louisiana. Saelee now faces deportation to Laos, a country his family fled as refugees when he was two years old. During his sentence, Saelee served as an incarcerated firefighter, battling many wildfires.
Denver police have detained a driver after he allegedly drove his vehicle through a crowd of protesters decrying the Kentucky grand jury decision not to indict three policemen for the death of Breonna Taylor. Videos posted on social media showed some protesters avoided the vehicle’s path while some were seen chasing it and some trying to block its path. No one was reportedly hurt in the incident.
The Associated Press reports the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a citation to the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama, Iowa where 338 of the facility’s 850 employees tested positive for Covid-19, 80 more than previously acknowledged, during an April outbreak. They levied a fine of $957 for record-keeping violations.